|John Innes Centre
JIC is an independent, international centre of excellence in plant science and microbiology. Our mission is to carry out fundamental and strategic research, to train scientists and to make our findings available to society.
The scientific research at the Centre makes use of a wide range of disciplines in the biological and chemical sciences, including cell biology, biochemistry, chemistry, genetics and molecular biology.
The John Innes Centre is proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN. The Athena SWAN charter recognizes and celebrates good practice in recruiting, retaining and promoting women in the fields of science, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM). JIC was the first research institute to win a Silver Award. For more information, go to https://www.jic.ac.uk/training-careers/athena-swan/
The John Innes Centre is a registered charity (No. 223852), limited by guarantee (registered in England No. 511709) and is an Equal Opportunities Employer.
|Job Title||Postdoctoral Researcher|
|Closing Date||27 Aug 2017|
|Starting Salary||£30,750 - £37,750|
|Hours per week
||The role of cell-to-cell communication in plant pathogen interactions|
|Expected/Ideal Start Date
||02 Oct 2017|
|Main purpose of the job
||The postdoc will be responsible for performing independent research that contributes to a variety of research areas within the lab, and further have responsibility for managing the Faulkner lab.|
||The Department of Crop Genetics undertakes fundamental research on the biology of cereals, brassicas and legumes to understand the genetic and molecular basis of phenotypic variation. A major goal is to develop the technologies and knowledge base to provide a predictive framework that will underpin conventional and novel plant breeding strategies. This will enable high-yielding, stress and disease resistant varieties, with a particular end-use quality, suitable for an efficient but benign agriculture.|
||The Faulkner laboratory is focused on intercellular communication in plants during defence responses. Cell-to-cell communication is a fundamental biological process, necessary for the co-ordination of development and environmental responses in multicellular organisms. We study the role of intercellular symplastic channels called plasmodesmata in the regulation of molecules from cell-to-cell, and how this contributes to the success of both infection and defence. We employ a wide variety of approaches to examine these processes, with an emphasis on cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry based approaches.|
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Researcher to join the Laboratory of Dr Christine Faulkner at the John Innes Centre
The Faulkner laboratory is focused on intercellular communication in plants during defence responses. Cell-to-cell communication is a fundamental biological process, necessary for the co-ordination of development and environmental responses in multicellular organisms. We study the role of intercellular symplastic channels called plasmodesmata in the regulation of molecular exchange between cells, and how this contributes to the success of both infection and defence. We employ a wide variety of approaches to examine these processes, with an emphasis on cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry based approaches.
The postdoctoral researcher will be responsible for performing independent research that contributes to many aspects of the laboratory’s work. In addition, the successful applicant will take primary responsibility for managing the Faulkner laboratory, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors and assisting with training others.
The ideal candidate:
The ideal candidate will possess a PhD in biological science and have in-depth knowledge of plant immune responses and a range of plant pathogens. They will possess skills and knowledge in plant molecular biology and plant biochemistry, as well as good organisational skills. Skills in the live cell imaging of plants would be advantageous.
Salary on appointment will be within the range £30,750 to £37,750 per annum depending on qualifications and experience. This post is for a contract of three years.
For further information and details of how to apply, please visit our web site https://jobs.jic.ac.uk or contact Human Resources, Norwich BioScience Institutes Partnership, Norwich Norwich Bioscience Institutes, Norwich, NR4 7UH, UK, 01603 450462 quoting reference 1003308.
As a Disability Confident employer, we guarantee to offer an interview to all disabled applicants who meet the essential criteria for this vacancy. The John Innes Centre is also proud to hold a Silver Award from Athena SWAN and is a member of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme.
The closing date for applications will be 27th August 2017.
||The postdoc will be supervised by Dr Christine Faulkner and interact with the wider scientific community across the NBI. |
|Main Activities & Responsibilities||Percentage|
|Perform research relating to cell-to-cell communication during plant-pathogen interactions||60|
|Be primary lab manager for the Faulkner group, including the effective use of resources, supervision of visitors to the laboratory and assisting with training others, encouraging scientific excellence ||25|
|Ensure research and record keeping is carried out in accordance with good practice, Scientific Integrity and in compliance with local policies and any legal requirements||5|
|As agreed with line manager, any other duties commensurate with the nature of the role||5|
|Prepare results, reports and manuscripts for publication in leading scientific journals and other relevant media||5||
|Education & Qualifications||Requirement||Importance|
|PhD (full award or expected within 6 months) or equivalent in biological sciences||Essential|
|BSc or equivalent in biological sciences or a related field||Essential||
|Specialist Knowledge & Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Plant molecular biology||Essential|
|Plant tissue culture and transformation||Essential|
|Plant pathogens and immune responses||Essential|
|Live cell imaging||Desirable|
|Demonstrated ability to perform research and develop novel ideas ||Essential|
|Proven record in preparing data for publication and grant writing ||Essential|
|Experience of oral research presentations||Essential|
|Experience of supervising, training and mentoring visitors and students||Desirable||
|Interpersonal & Communication Skills||Requirement||Importance|
|Excellent communication skills, both written and oral||Essential|
|Good interpersonal skills, with the ability to work as part of a team||Essential|
|Demonstrated ability to work independently||Essential|
|Excellent time management and organisational skills||Essential|
|Ability to collaborate with internal and external stakeholders||Essential|
|Ability to follow instructions/Standard Operating Procedures||Essential|
|Promotes and strives for continuous improvement||Essential|
|Highly motivated with the ability to learn quickly||Essential|
|Ability to observe and reason accurately||Essential||
|Promotes equality and values diversity||Essential|
|Willingness to embrace the expected values and behaviours of all staff at the Institute, ensuring it is a great place to work||Essential|
|Able to present a positive image of self and the Institute, promoting both the international reputation and public engagement aims of the Institute ||Essential|
|Ability to maintain confidentiality and security of information where appropriate ||Essential|
|Willingness to work outside standard working hours when required ||Essential|
|Ability to undertake occasional travel (national and international) related to collaborations and/or seminars ||Essential||